Body Hacking - a Future Human event

  • Sep 19, 2012 · 7:00 PM
  • The Book Club

Note: This is organised by Future Human, not by London Futurists, but is likely to be of interest to many London Futurists. In order to attend the event, pre-registration and pre-payment are necessary, via the website Tickets cost £10 each.

Future Human: Body Hacking, Wednesday September 19, 7 - 9.30pm

From the Future Human website:

Future Human returns to The Book Club on Wednesday September 19 for yet more intellectual exotica and imaginatively monikered cocktails. At Body Hacking we'll discover how scientific subcultures are personalising medicine and enhancing human biology.

You can buy advance tickets from our online store – our August salon was a sellout, so be sure to book your place in advance.

Cutting edge medical technology is growing increasingly cheap and accessible, a trend that has led to the emergence of a number of ‘improvised’ scientific movements and communities around the world. The falling cost of genome sequencing, for example, in which our DNA is digitally profiled, suggests the existing ‘one size fits all’ approach to medical diagnosis and treatment could soon be consigned to the past.

However, some of the greatest breakthroughs in this sphere aren’t coming from the traditional public or private sector players, but from a nascent DIY ‘biohacking’ movement. Ad hoc communities of science enthusiasts, such as Genspace in New York and London Hackspace in the UK organise online to share lab facilities and collaborate on cutting edge biotech initiatives. Small but dynamic, these scientific subcultures are producing astonishing innovations. From pocket-sized kits that sample human DNA, microchip implants that keep tabs on our internal organs, blood sugar levels or moods, and even 3D printers that produce tailored hip replacements, the medical innovations of the ‘body hacking’ movement are beginning to filter into mainstream use.

Yet should we not be concerned that private companies will increasingly be able to access our detailed genetic data? Might this information be used against us somehow? And can the global biohacking movement genuinely unsettle the dominance of the corporate pharmaceutical giants? Join us on September 19 to find out, as we unveil how DIY medicine will not only revolutionise healthcare as we know it, but the human body itself.

We have a cracking panel of medical innovators at Body Hacking, who will address these critical questions and others:

Elizabeth Foot is the CEO of London Genetics, a company that focuses on personalised genetic approaches to the treatment of disease, partnering with and advising research laboratories, biotech firms and pharmaceutical companies. For 16 years prior to London Genetics, Elizabeth worked at GlaxoSmithKline, on treatments targeting diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease.

Stephen Little is Vice President of Personalised Medicine at the medical technology giant QIAGEN, who create ways of isolating and analysing DNA to better tailor treatments to the individual. He worked in research and development at AstraZeneca, before founding the personalised medicine startup DxS in 2001; it was bought by QIAGEN in 2009 for £80 million.

Mark Warne is head of Life Sciences at IPGroup, a venture capital firm who are funding some of the UK's most exciting medical startups. Mark has helped nurture companies like Oxford Nanopore, who develop mobile USB DNA testing; Mode Diagnostics, who are developing over-the-counter cancer detection kits; and Optimal Medicine, who create mobile applications that disseminate mental health therapies.

In classic Future Human fashion, you’ll be able to quiz them on the future of personal healthcare, share thoughts on our chaotic big-screen Twitter feed, and experience the eye-opening presentations and interactive discussions that have elicited goggle-eyed murmurs from the worker bees at GraziaTime Out andThe Sunday Times amongst other media mavens.

So join us as we examine how a major DIY movement in medicine is revolutionising conventional ideas of healthcare and enhancing the potential of the human body.


Future Human: Body Hacking, 7.00pm - 9.30pm, Wednesday September 19 at The Book Club, 100 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH (map).

Nearest tube: Liverpool Street, Old Street, Shoreditch High St.

Please note that tickets will not be mailed out ahead of the event; we will have your name on the door, so please bring name I.D.

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  • Vivienne

    Excellent, thought provoking and interesting, can't wait for the next.

    September 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    If it were called Body and Mind Hacking, I'd probably go as I've been developing Mind Hacking technology. Spent enough time on the physiological side but realised much of it is down to how the mind shifts state -even affecting steroid pathways that influence genetic expression.

    September 6, 2012

    • David W.

      For Mind Hacking, the Meetup on Nov 3rd will be highly relevant:­ - I hope to see you there and to hear more about your own experiences

      September 6, 2012

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